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Winter Vacation Ideas

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Canadians love their winter vacations!  We need to, or else we would be relegated to the indoors for much, much too long. So grab your coat, hat and gloves and let’s head outdoors to a few of the many winter vacation ideas in Canada.

Whistler/Blackcomb a top Winter Vacations Destination

If you are a winter vacations enthusiast, then Whistler/Backcomb must top your list of best winter vacations, bar none.  It is one of North America’s premier winter holiday destination and rightly so.  Here you will find all the winter activities:  snowboarding, skiing, cross-country skiing, glacier skiing, heli-skiing, ice skating, snow tubing – all of it.  And when you are ready to come in from the outside enjoy all the après-ski activities of 2 majestic mountain villages that will cater to your every whim and desire.  From world class restaurants to spas to night clubs this winter holiday destination is second to none.  A great way to live like a local is to explore a vacation home rental in one of these villages.

Skiing in Quebec Is Always One of the Best Winter Vacation Ideas

If traveling all the way to the Canadian Rockies in the west of Canada is a bit too far for your liking, you can always escape to one of the many winter vacation spots in the east of Canada in the province of Quebec.  Quebec is the home to several fantastic ski mountains that will suit most skiers and their entire families for their winter vacations. Mount Tremblant, Mount Saint Anne, Le Massif and the Eastern Townships are just a few of the many wonderful ski areas in Quebec.  Don’t forget to explore chalet vacation rentals to make any of your winter vacations even more enjoyable.

The Quebec Winter Carnival in Canada

For almost 60 years Quebec City’s Winter Carnival has been one of the best winter vacation ideas in North America.  It runs for 2 weeks in February and attracts tourists from all over the world.  There is something for everyone: skating, ice sliding, snow tubing, outdoor BBQs, snow and ice sculpture competitions and especially the evening parades and dance parties.  And Quebec’s carnival mascot and beloved snowman - Le Bonhomme Carnival - can be found everywhere to help remind you that you are here to party, party party.  Some great Canada vacation rentals can be found in Quebec city that will make your stay even more authentic.

The Brookvale Winter Activity Park in PEI Canada

Even further east, on the tranquil winter holiday destination of Prince Edward Island is the Brookvale Winter Activity Park with a plethora of winter vacations activity at your beck and call:  cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing will all keep you warm while you enjoy the outdoors during winter vacations.  Brookvale is an easy 19km drive just west of Charlottetown, the capital of PEI, which itself will provide you with all the après-ski activity you will need to cap off your day in the invigorating outdoors. Enjoy the snowy season in Canada’s PEI.

Winterlude in Ottawa – the capital of Canada

Similar to the Winter Carnival in Quebec City, much family fun can be had at the winter vacation destination of Winterlude in Ottawa.  Everything from ice and snow sculptures to ice skating on the Rideau Canal will bring a smile the faces of your whole family, as you enjoy the outdoors in Canada.  The Rideau Canal is one of the planet’s largest skating rink, more than a kilometre long – with all types of attractions to entertain you along the way. Take in some of Canada’s top artists at the Parliament Hill concert series while sipping on a hot chocolate to keep your insides warm.  You kids will love the outdoor man-made playground.

Polar Bear Watching in Northern Canada

Throughout Canada’s north, winter vacation ideas include the unique experience of polar bear watching in their natural habitats.  Each year these majestic creatures migrate from the ice flows in the northern lakes, bays and seas to the mainland in search of shelter and food. You can book one of the many excursion companies in Canada that will bring up close and personal with this endangered species.  While in the north book one of the Canada vacation rentals and stay awhile – you most certainly catch a glimpse of the fantastic Northern Lights while you are there overnight.

These are just of few winter vacations that can be had in Canada during the cold months.  There are too many more to list in just one article. Remember, a great way to arrange your lodging is via the Sunrise Vacation Home Rentals web site, a web site of vacation home rentals by owners across the globe.